Liberal Arts

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A vintage illustration of ballot counting following the disputed 1876 presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden.
A vintage illustration of ballot counting following the disputed 1876 presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden.
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Social Studies Opinion We Don't Know Who Won the Election, But I Know What I'll Say to My Class Today
My post-election lesson plan includes addressing both students’ social-emotional needs and the Compromise of 1877, writes teacher Chris Dier.
Chris Dier, October 30, 2020
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Education Opinion Pennsylvania Charter Emphasizes Liberal Arts for Success
Renaissance Academy is a K-12 public charter school in Phoenixville, Pa. that focuses on liberal arts to prepare students for college.
Tom Vander Ark, October 19, 2016
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School & District Management Opinion What Does It Mean to Be an Educated Person Today?
Has our definition of being an educated person kept pace with today's fast-changing world? Marc Tucker argues it's time to reopen the question.
Marc Tucker, October 8, 2015
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Curriculum Opinion The 'T-Shaped Curriculum': Liberal Arts, Technical Education, or Both?
In this blog Marc explains why strong technical skills alone are not enough for students who will enter today's rapidly changing workforce. Now, more than ever, students need a solid education in the liberal arts.
Marc Tucker, June 18, 2015
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International Are STEM and Liberal Arts at Odds?
Is the country too narrowly focused on science, technology, engineering, and math?
Liana Loewus, March 31, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness A. Graham Down, Liberal-Arts Advocate, Dies at 85
A. Graham Down, who served as executive director and president of the Council for Basic Education from 1974 to 1994, died on Aug. 30.
Liana Loewus, September 4, 2014
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Curriculum Opinion Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?
Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.
Anthony Cody, February 19, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Study Highlights Value Of Liberal Arts Major
A new study supports the value of a liberal arts education over time, countering some of the claims that science, math, engineering, and technology are the most lucrative career paths.
Caralee J. Adams, January 28, 2014
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School & District Management Study Showing Value of Liberal Arts Education Counters Skeptics
Over time, liberal arts majors close the employment and salary gap, according to a new report.
Caralee J. Adams, January 22, 2014
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Science Opinion In Praise of those Liberal Arts
Everywhere we look these days, people are stressing the same educational path - STEM STEM STEM! Perhaps they are not wrong, but let's take a second to examine the virtues of a liberal arts learning experience.
Tom Segal, August 14, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness Liberal Arts Education Valued by Employers, Survey Finds
Employers are looking for new hires with a broad range of skills and innovation, according to a new survey.
Caralee J. Adams, April 10, 2013
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Education Parents Lack Faith in Liberal Arts Degree, Survey Finds
A new parent survey by Gallup and Insider Higher Ed shows increasing concern over costs and general liberal arts education.
Caralee J. Adams, March 20, 2013
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Education Funding Opinion High School: A New Home for the Liberal Arts Curriculum?
Marc Tucker argues that the liberal arts curriculum, although less popular today than it used to be, still has a place in today's education system.
Marc Tucker, July 10, 2012
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Education Opinion Technology Mastery for Liberal Arts: Thank You, Steve Jobs
In a 1996 interview with Terry Gross from National Public Radio (NPR), Steve Jobs highlighted his philosophy of "Computer Science Is A Liberal Art" that, in hindsight, would by followed by over a decade of innovative products that made technology easily accessible for millions of people.
Patrick Ledesma, October 6, 2011
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